New Castle County settles suit over police K9 bite

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Posted: Dec 09, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

Updated: Dec 23, 2014 5:03 PM EDT
By RANDALL CHASE
Associated Press

DOVER, Del. (AP) – New Castle County officials have agreed to pay $87,500 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a Claymont woman who was bitten by a police dog.

Jordan Hyland, who was 23 years old and 32 weeks pregnant at the time, said she was bitten in June 2012 after she sat down on a curb to rest while walking to her mother’s home.

At the time, the dog was participating in a search for two robbery suspects.

Attorneys agreed to dismiss the case last month but details were not known until The Associated Press recently obtained a copy of the settlement following a public records request.

Officials pulled the dog from duty pending a review of the incident. A police spokeswoman said Tuesday that the dog is not currently in service.

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